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    Weetamoo Woods

    I've been riding this little gem for three days in a row. A little trail maintenance would go a long way, but I've managed to put together a 2 hour loop out there! There are lots of detours out there, and I found remnants of a XC race course with arrows and yellow tape marking the way. Very rocky and rooty and soft in between. Seems very underutilized (the course). Moose Racing is the name on the tape and arrows. Some of the trails were very overgrown and I found myself riding through the branches. There is a good hill with white paint slashes marking the way. A tough technical climb.

    If anyone has more to add I'd like to hear. I go to Westport fairly often and now I know where I will ride!

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    Anyone? I can't be the only person who rides there. I saw another set of tire tracks!

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    It's in Westport, CT?

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    No, it's in Tiverton RI, near Westport MA.

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    Wtf

    Wow, I am blown away by the lack of input here. Don't tell me anything, I will find more of it myself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prophet Julio
    Wow, I am blown away by the lack of input here. Don't tell me anything, I will find more of it myself.

    What did you expect? Dude, you're asking about a place that by your own posting obviously isn't getting much use.

    Go ride, track in some trails, thin some branches, try and kook up with some other local riders to work on some more trail.
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    fair enough. I was just hoping that someone knew something about the place. Intrigued by the fact that there was a race in there. Yellow tape, arrows, the whole bit, and a nasty course to boot! Maybe it's for dirt bikes?
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    North of Lafayette, there is a dirt bike course which abuts the "land". I know that when I rode, I was behind that place on 2 occasions. So I think the "race course" I found was for dirt bikes. That would explain the difficulty.

    Regardless, I will cut more overgrowth, add more rocks and logs to clear the hardest stuff, and hope to see some more people enjoy this area.

    P.S.- I drove the perimeter of the whole place and found that it is close to 2,300 acres! Heaven on Earth!
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    Hey there, I ride Weetamoo occasionally. I haven't completely explored north of Lafayette. I've pretty much gone only as far north as that house at the end of maple drive that has the little pond in the back yard. I've followed that old dirt road out to some atv trails that weren't very well maintained, but had a lot of potential. I did see the singletrack continuing north at the pond, but haven't been that way yet. I'll definitely have to check out that race course, are there a lot of other trails where the dirt bikes ride?

    You've got me thinking about it and now my next ride will be at Weetamoo.

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    Next time I go I will let you know. I ride in Wompatuck mostly , with other Mass locations thrown in on occasion. But Weetamoo is a diamond in the rough. Lots of cool features and the only place in the area like it as far as I can tell. I went to Freetown, but it is the domain of the motor bike from what I can tell.

    When is the last time you rode Weetamoo? Are you from that area?
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    I live in Westport, so Weetamoo is one of the closest spots to me. I've only lived in Westpost for just over a year, previously I lived in Somerset. I used to ride Freetown a ton, but its been in a declining spiral for years. Now they've even torn up the highway singletrack for a possible casino.

    Mostly I ride Otis and whats now being called Abrams Rock. Abrams rock is in Swansea and its about 9 miles of single, double track and powerline roads. Not a lot of distance, but there is some good quality singletrack and some nice scenery packed into a small area.

    I also ride Destruction Brook, but its on the lame side (Its the closest to my house though). Beautiful and quiet, but flat, wide horse trails. Great place to bring a beginner or kids.

    It's been a couple of months since I've ridden Weetamoo, which is way too long, but I'm busy in the summer. Hopefully I'll get out there soon.

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    Nice. I rode Destruction Brook, and it is a nice place but very tame Never done Abrams Rock. I rode for a few hours in Freetown, and I felt like I shouldn't be there. Dirt bike land.
    Otis is flow.

    But Weetamoo has a lot going on. If I lived near it, I would use it a lot. I found it to be similar to Wompatuck, which is my home turf, but less loved and not as big. But there are lots of ways around, and the whole North section is different altogether. Some technically challenging stuff.

    I will be down in Westport the 19'th and a couple of weekends in early to mid October. I'll post up to let you know for sure.

    I know that from the pond (in front of the house), you backtrack to the main drag and go toward Lake St. and the North part opens up on the left. It might be a fairly long ride to get to the entrance to that area as I recall. There are signs that say private property, but there are trails that get used and the park sign says respect private property / stay on marked trails, so...I did!
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    I live in Westport, Ma.

    Ive spent some time in both Weetamoo Woods and in Destruction brook. In fact I just did a 7 mile trail run at Destruction B yesterday.

    Like you said, Destruction brook is very tame. The trails are really perfect for running but very tame for MTB.

    Weetamoo is pretty cool. I usually make the drive to Otis (on the Cape) because I love that place. But occassionally I will ride Weetamoo since its only about 15 minutes from my house.

    Just watch out for the one or 2 weeks in the summer when the deer flies come out. I pulled into the parking lot at weetamoo a couple years ago, backed into a parking spot, looked up and the windshield and hood of my car were literally covered in deer flies. Honestly I just wimped out and drove away.

    Those little suckers bite HARD!!

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    Next time i head down to visit, I'll send a message to pick off a ride. Looks like you can do a solid loop in there. Have you ridden the area behind the dirt bike track?
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    I've ridden Weetamo once now, at first I hated it, but when I realized I was completely spent after a 1.5 hour ride, I was pretty happy. Way too many rocks, and the bugs are ridiculous. If any of you guys wanna ride out there in the coming weeks, I would be more than happy to. I ride Rigid SS. Also ICECREAMJAY, is Abrams Rock the same as Swansea Dam, where you can tuck in behind the middle school and ride along some creek and inlets, then you hit the powerlines etc.? I was told about that place from Bikeworks in Swansea and it might be my favorite spot, deffinitely in terms of closeness to Bristol.

    Let me know about rides, since I'm new to all this and I've only got two guys who I ride with, but they're spotty. whereas I like to ride 3-5 times a week.

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    ts818, Yeah, abrams rock and swansea dam are the same ride.

    I've been riding Freetown mostly lately. I've been riding the southern part, starting at Copicut Woods. Copicut woods is similar to Destruction Brook, wide, flat, scenic trails. Very quiet and peaceful, but not very technical. Fortunately there is a trail that connects the Horseshoe trail with the some moto trails to the north. These trails are quite technical and tight. There is some decent elevation, but its more gradual than the northwest part of Freetown, which has a lot of quick ups and downs.

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    Heading to Westport for the week and bringing my bike. Jay you looking for a riding partner? Post up and we can do some riding!
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    julio,
    im down to ride weetamo tues or wed of the coming week, or if you want to join i'll be riding in lincoln and west greenwhich the other days, weather permitting

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    Tuesday or Wednesday work for me. What time is good for you?
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    I usually do evening rides, id say starting at 5 or 6, been using a cheepo headlamp for night rides and also got a nice bar mounted light on order that might be in for wednesday if you wanna night ride 2, jus let me know which day and time, i can do earlier or later as well and wednesday i have off
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    I left my lights at home. Sometime Wednesday morning would work. I'll probably go out tomorrow as well, maybe Tuesday.
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    come to lincoln woods tomorrow for a group ride, we meet at 6 at the 123/ Great Rd Entrance to the north. I think its six, might be 630 i havent been in a few weeks, you can call blackstone bicycles for details

    ya i can do wednesday morning what do you wanna do 10 or 11?
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    10 would be good! I usually enter on the South side
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    My boss just mentioned something to me about wanting me to come in on wed. and he said it is in the air until tomorrow afternoon. Hopefully I will still be able to go, or maybe night would be a better option. Sorry this doesn't typically happen. I'll PM you my cell anyway, because i'm trying to get out for a ride there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Prophet Julio View Post
    I've been riding this little gem for three days in a row. A little trail maintenance would go a long way, but I've managed to put together a 2 hour loop out there! There are lots of detours out there, and I found remnants of a XC race course with arrows and yellow tape marking the way. Very rocky and rooty and soft in between. Seems very underutilized (the course). Moose Racing is the name on the tape and arrows. Some of the trails were very overgrown and I found myself riding through the branches. There is a good hill with white paint slashes marking the way. A tough technical climb.

    If anyone has more to add I'd like to hear. I go to Westport fairly often and now I know where I will ride!
    hey buddy, your not the only one... ive been going there lately. a buddy of mine knows the area very well and has many more trails off the beaten path that turns that place into a really nice plot of land. much better then whats around it atleast! a 2 hour loop? ive been trying to make a long ride there and found its limited for that... but still fun.

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    It was a slow day!

    But there is a whole other section North of the dirt road that goes through the park. You go past a pond and some houses and then there is some other stuff out there. Yellow racing tape and tough trails.
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    whats up chris im kevin. i recently started going there and kinda just get lost till im found but im starting to get the hang of it. i park off king st. and go in through the red colored trail. then theres a fork which i take to the right to a rocky singletrack then splits to the right and puts me onto the gasline. i follow up the hill and enter back on the left which is the red trail again and then take my first right. i follow that till i run out of trail and end up near someones house. i go left onto the road and follow it around the bend and then there is another set of trails along side the gasline again. follow it up a bit and then go in to the left and then i just take it from there. i see white dots on trees and just follow my way in the direction of the parking spot and it ends up working out. when i went with my buddy that knows the area well he sends me a whole other way.

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    i go there on sat mornings before work. i actually work at the local shop. westport bicycle. if you ever need a quick tune stop on in..! but i ride a scott scale 29 pro. how is the 27 ride? i hear theres not much of a different feel with the full suspension bikes...?

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    The 650b on the Prophet is great. The wheelset I got built is 1400 grams so that's half the difference. The Pacenti Neo Motos are great tires. Makes the bike faster and the clearance is 14" at the BB. The 27.5" wheels roll over better than the 26". No mods needed for the conversion. Bike weighs 28 lbs now. Not bad for a 6" travel bike.
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    Hey Kevin,

    I was in Westport cycles a month or so and talked to you for about 10 minutes. I'm the guy who's heading the cleanup in the Bioreserve/Freetown SF. We've got a good chunk of trails cleared and signed. There is a kickass map with marked intersections. I've been calling this section of the bioreserve the Copicut Trails.

    I've been doing a 15-16 mile loop that starts at the Miller Brook parking lot. It's less than 10 minutes away from your shop. 90% singletrack, and its all on trails not open to motos. I'll try to swing by and drop off some maps, but we should try to get out and do a ride. Bring Bill M. too, I haven't seen him in a while , I'd like to ride with him again.

    You too, Julio (Chris), you probably rode Freetown around the ledge, or from the ranger station. I highly recommend checking out the Copicut area. There are way less motorcycles, it is much more remote feeling and quiet. ( In fact it is very remote, bring tools and tubes, etc, you don't want to have to walk out ). There are a lot more miles than anything else around and a lot of fun, technical trails.

    Here's my custom version of the official map. The official map can be found at the ranger station and the main copicut woods parking lot (sometimes, when they aren't out of maps). My version has some extra landmarks and some trails that aren't on the original. I've also removed some trails that no longer exist.

    I've circled the trails that have been cleared with pink. We'll be continuing to open up more trails, but these are good for now, the ones we haven't worked on are likely to be overgrown and blocked by blowdowns.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/33175822@N06/8275560462/" title="Copicut Trails temp by Ice Cream Jay, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8058/8275560462_0a8446bf2c_b.jpg" width="798" height="1024" alt="Copicut Trails temp"></a>
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    Oh yeah, not all the signs are installed yet. The KP, MB, and CH signs are all up, and I should have HS up by the New Year, but the BR signs probably won't be up until January.
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    Oh yeah, Weetamoo. Have you guys ridden the really technical trail just north of Lafayette road? I think the best way is to go all the way to the eastern end of Lafayette and then take the moto trail north. When you get to the pond in the backyard, take a left on the road that goes by the pond. Follow it until you get to the clearing with the fire pit. There is a trail that starts there going south. You have to go over the rock to the south to really see the trail. That trail heads all the way back to Lafayette road. It pops you out almost right across from the trail marked "spur" on the map. It's a very technical trail with quick ups and downs and some nice exposed granite ledges. You guys have probably ridden it, but figured I'd mention just in case you haven't found it, it is a bit tricky to find.
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    Quote Originally Posted by icecreamjay View Post
    Oh yeah, Weetamoo. Have you guys ridden the really technical trail just north of Lafayette road? I think the best way is to go all the way to the eastern end of Lafayette and then take the moto trail north. When you get to the pond in the backyard, take a left on the road that goes by the pond. Follow it until you get to the clearing with the fire pit. There is a trail that starts there going south. You have to go over the rock to the south to really see the trail. That trail heads all the way back to Lafayette road. It pops you out almost right across from the trail marked "spur" on the map. It's a very technical trail with quick ups and downs and some nice exposed granite ledges. You guys have probably ridden it, but figured I'd mention just in case you haven't found it, it is a bit tricky to find.
    i have that area as part of my loop. at a race pace its about a 45min. loop. and ive been doing a little trail work to it too..me and a buddy have that place pretty dialed as far as peicing together something sweet to ride. i start at lake and work the trails counterclockwise... the only down fall is there is an area where i get out of the woods for a sec and go onto a road.. lots of climbing and tech work. also a few good rock crawling sections. ive been making it a point to go on sunday mornings around 9 from lake st. if you ever wanted to check out what i have going on...?

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    Quote Originally Posted by icecreamjay View Post
    Hey Kevin,

    I was in Westport cycles a month or so and talked to you for about 10 minutes. I'm the guy who's heading the cleanup in the Bioreserve/Freetown SF. We've got a good chunk of trails cleared and signed. There is a kickass map with marked intersections. I've been calling this section of the bioreserve the Copicut Trails.

    I've been doing a 15-16 mile loop that starts at the Miller Brook parking lot. It's less than 10 minutes away from your shop. 90% singletrack, and its all on trails not open to motos. I'll try to swing by and drop off some maps, but we should try to get out and do a ride. Bring Bill M. too, I haven't seen him in a while , I'd like to ride with him again.

    You too, Julio (Chris), you probably rode Freetown around the ledge, or from the ranger station. I highly recommend checking out the Copicut area. There are way less motorcycles, it is much more remote feeling and quiet. ( In fact it is very remote, bring tools and tubes, etc, you don't want to have to walk out ). There are a lot more miles than anything else around and a lot of fun, technical trails.

    Here's my custom version of the official map. The official map can be found at the ranger station and the main copicut woods parking lot (sometimes, when they aren't out of maps). My version has some extra landmarks and some trails that aren't on the original. I've also removed some trails that no longer exist.

    I've circled the trails that have been cleared with pink. We'll be continuing to open up more trails, but these are good for now, the ones we haven't worked on are likely to be overgrown and blocked by blowdowns.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/33175822@N06/8275560462/" title="Copicut Trails temp by Ice Cream Jay, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8058/8275560462_0a8446bf2c_b.jpg" width="798" height="1024" alt="Copicut Trails temp"></a>

    sorry i didnt respond to this sooner... but ya i do remember you... ive had a couple people tell me about that place being done well.. keep up the good work! im more over at weetamoo than anywhere else lately. mostly because its untouched. not a fan of places like swansea for the reason of over grooming. rough around the edges to me weeds out the road rider! haha keeps it more underground and fun. seems like kinda what people are saying about what you have going on in freetown. the die hards love it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kevinrod1983 View Post
    sorry i didnt respond to this sooner... but ya i do remember you... ive had a couple people tell me about that place being done well.. keep up the good work! im more over at weetamoo than anywhere else lately. mostly because its untouched. not a fan of places like swansea for the reason of over grooming. rough around the edges to me weeds out the road rider! haha keeps it more underground and fun. seems like kinda what people are saying about what you have going on in freetown. the die hards love it.
    Nice that you've heard about it. I've seen tracks out there so there are at least a few people riding it. There is still a lot of pruning to be done, I've leaf blown a few trails, and there are more I want to get done. Don't worry about it becoming over maintained though, the leaf blower is more to remove the last 5 years worth of twigs, leaves and pine needles. It hasn't been ridden enough lately for that stuff to get ridden off the trail. It's still plenty rough around the edges. I plan on trying to plan some group rides soon, I'll post up here when I do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by icecreamjay View Post
    Nice that you've heard about it. I've seen tracks out there so there are at least a few people riding it. There is still a lot of pruning to be done, I've leaf blown a few trails, and there are more I want to get done. Don't worry about it becoming over maintained though, the leaf blower is more to remove the last 5 years worth of twigs, leaves and pine needles. It hasn't been ridden enough lately for that stuff to get ridden off the trail. It's still plenty rough around the edges. I plan on trying to plan some group rides soon, I'll post up here when I do.
    i seen the missing leaves! i did a little out there too. not much time for it because of being at work for 10 and all... but ive been laying down logs where the water pools and scouting new trail routes. over this winter im going to cut in new ones out there to tie in with whats tehnical like that new trail and the pgp area. i want to minimize fireroad on the loop. i would think out the people involved in that group ride. not the greatest place for "the roadie type" and there the ones that go there and "simplify" everything to there skill level. and then we have another swansea on our hands... i think its the fact that its untouched by mountain bikers. not many people know about weeetamoo is what i like about it...

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    Has anyone been out there building lines? I seen out on that new trail a second line that leads to a rock for a drop. Looks sick, I missed it when I first seen it

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    yeah, i've been building. i broke the handle on my mccleod tool, but should be back there soon. might build a transition off the back of that rock but that would be a lot of material to move... maybe a west coast style banked log bridge? i know a few guys have dropped it so far...

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    Looks like a good time when its done! It works great having the fast line and the fun line side by side like that. Keeps everyone happy you know?

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    Hey new to riding and the area just moved into Fall River and went to Freetown for a hike bought a Haro sport 29r 5 minutes after leaving the woods you guys meet up at all. I like to get lost in the woods but I think I could get really lost out there and just looking for some people to ride with. I'm free the 23rd or 24th of this month if anyone is interested or already planning a ride let me know!

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    Weetamoo is a great place to ride. Has a little of everything. A new section (1 year or so) adds a couple of miles. If you ride Weetamoo and the adjacent Pardon Grey Reserve and cover all trails, you can ride for a coupe of hours and cover about 10 mile so. I live less than 5 minutes away and am there about 4 times a week. Night riding recently which has been a blast. Weetamoo doesn;t get a ton of bike traffic but lots of hikers and dogs so be aware. Love ot that it is a bit of a secret which I may have just ruined.

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    Sounds awesome I would love to go night riding but probably need a headlight first I sent you a friend request maybe we can hit the trails sometime!

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    I'm new to the area too and free those days as well. That is if you don't mind me tagging along.

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    Hey guys, if you're looking to do some riding in Freetown, myself and and a few other guys have been clearing the trails in the southern part of the forest, north of Copicut woods. Check out the Bioreserve thread in the MA forums for maps and stuff. I'll probably try to do some group rides out there soon, watch that thread for upcoming info.

    SE Mass Bioreserve / Freetown SF

    You can get the paper map at the Copicut Woods parking kiosk. Most of the trail markers in the southern part of the forest are up, so self-navigation is doable. Here's a link to Copicut Woods official site. From Copicut Woods you can ride north into Freetown SF.

    Copicut Woods | Bioreserve | Fall River, MA | The Trustees of Reservations

    Since this is the Weetamoo thread, anyone been out there recently, I know Destruction brook got trashed with downed pines during the blizzard, I'm wondering how Weetamoo fared.
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    Weetamoo isn't too bad... i've been clearing the small stuff, but maybe somebody could get in there with a chainsaw? I know Lafayette road has some big trees across it.

    On a side note... i lost a tool... a Woodmans Pal to be exact, on the north side of Lafayette. PLEASE shoot me a message if you find it; it was my anniversary present!


    Also, been building a new trail off of the other 'new' trail... ya can't miss it! it's a ONE way trail right now...there's some steeps and drop offs that i havent cut a bypass around yet. It took me seventeen circuits before i cleared the whole thing without falling...lemme know whatcha think after ya ride it

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    I'll have to take a trip out over there sometime, I've got a saw.
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    thanks jay.... i've always loved the rocks in that area too; i grew up across the street from weetamoo and have been riding there a long time. been inspired by some of the local trail building efforts from Acadia to Trail of Tears and decided to do my part.

    just cleared the path to Wildcat rock on the south side of Lafayette today; raked and pruned the trail all the way to the top....and started a trail down the back side. what a mess! it could use a chain saw too. when it's done it's gonna be gnarly! im gonna turn the trail into a loop and take it over the rocks to the northeast.

    when i was a kid, 20+ years ago the top was all majestic white pine, cedar and hemlock... most of it is dead and blown down now. my cousin and i used to ride our bikes down from the top!

    hope to get close to finishing before the bugs get bad.please do check it out!

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    Awesome, I'm going to head out there this afternoon. I'll bring my saw and try to cut what I find. I'm gonna park at Parson's preserve and head out on Lafayette trail.
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    I rode that trail yesterday. I like it a lot. Very technical, good use of the terrain.

    I cut a few of the trees on Lafayette rd and then went out to Wildcat rock. I cut the stuff leading up to the rock, but I didn't cut the trees that are down on the rock itself. I didn't ride east of there on Lafayette, are there any other trees down east of Wildcat rock?

    I cut the big tree that was across Lafayette rd where its swamped out. That one was a b!tch. Had to stand in the water on slippery rocks while cutting a huge oak. I didn't have a wedge with me and was afraid of pinching my bar in there. As it was I had to cut it into 4 different hunks to get it to drop. It kept wedging itself in and I couldn't move it. Anyways, I left it where it dropped, maybe we can meet up some time and turn that log into a bridge to replace that crappy ladder thing that the log landed on.

    Good work out there, let me know if there are any other trees that need the saw. I ran into one on the old "new" trail. Unfortunately my saw was in the truck at that point.
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    Going to be in Westport MA this weekend. Anyone looking to ride?
    My name is Chris and I ride a Prophet 650b with a Lefty.

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